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Lowe’s Earnings Review: Upbeat U.S. Economy Drives Sales

by Trefis Team
America’s second largest home improvement retailer,  Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) reported strong Q4 and fiscal 2014 results on February 25, backed by an improving U.S. economy and upbeat housing market. The retailer delivered a 7.6% sales incre...
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Petrobras’ Cost Of Capital Set To Rise After Moody’s Downgrade

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Credit ratings firm, Moody’s, recently stripped  Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) of its investment grade rating. Citing increasing concerns about corruption investigations and liquidity pressures that could arise from extended delays in publishing audited f...
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How Is Fox Sports Australia Trending For News Corp?

by Trefis Team
News Corp ‘s (NASDAQ:NWSA) cable networks business has been trending well over the past two years. It consists of Fox Sports Australia, which is focused on live national and international sports events and provides the sports programming to...
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Why Are Generic Drug Prices Shooting Up?

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Generic drugs are copies of branded drugs, which can only be produced after the brand-name drug’s patent has expired. Although they are identical to their branded counterparts (on a variety of measures as described by the FDA), they are pri...
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Here Are The Key Drivers And Barriers For Facebook’s Business

by Trefis Team
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)  recorded a successful year in 2014, with both its business fundamentals and stock price surging during the year. In this article, we assess some of the key drivers and barriers in Facebook’s business to understand wher...
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Broadcom Launches A New Smartwatch Platform For Android Wear Devices

by Trefis Team
Earlier this week,  Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) introduced a new smartwatch platform that reduces power consumption by up to 40% (over the previous generation) for Android Wear devices. The platform improves function and performance by offering a smal...
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Lightweight And Electric Motorcycles To Expand Harley-Davidson’s Customer Base

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Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) has already won over the middle-aged Caucasian population in its native market, which forms the bulk of the sales for the motorcycle manufacturer. The company has a strong 55.5% share in the U.S. heavyweight motorcycle ...
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Four Things Coach Must Do To Turnaround Its Fortune

by Trefis Team
Given the overwhelming dependence of Coach ‘s (NYSE:COH) business on its operations in North America, the significant decline in North American sales over the past two years has been enough to offset the gains made by Coach in its men...
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Target Beats On Revenues But Reports Significant Losses Due To Canada

by Trefis Team
For the second quarter in a row, cheap chic retailer  Target (NYSE:TGT) reported positive growth in its U.S. comparable sales. The company said that its Q4 sales in stores open for over a year increased 3.8%, following 1.2% growth registered in Q...
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L Brands Beats On Profits, But Provides Weak Outlook

by Trefis Team
In its recent Q4 fiscal 2014 earnings release,  L Brands (NYSE:LB) was yet again ahead of the Wall Street estimates. The company said that its profits increased 15% from $489.6 million or $1.65 per share in Q4 fiscal 2013 to $564.8 million or $1....
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Salesforce Posts Strong Q4 Results, Eyes Analytics Market to Drive Future Growth

by Trefis Team
Global cloud computing leader Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) reported strong fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year results on February 25th. (Fiscal years end with January.) It disproved fears of slowing growth and reported a fourth quarter revenu...
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Q4 2014 U.S. Banking Review: Mortgage Originations

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The U.S. mortgage industry saw a notable reduction in mortgage origination volumes for the last quarter of 2014, with data compiled by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) showing that $278 billion in mortgages were originated over the period. ...
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Strong Increase In Pricing Expected For Fedex

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FedEx (NYSE:FDX) is likely to see strong growth in its pricing in 2015. The increase in pricing will be the result of the company’s response to the overwhelming e-commerce volumes and declining fuel prices. The likelihood of the logistics industr...
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FCC Ruling On Net Neutrality Will Have Major Implications For The Internet Space

by Trefis Team
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed “net neutrality” rules today. At its core, the new set of rules seek to regulate broadband providers along the lines of the regulation...
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Nokia Ends 2014 With Record 34 Deals In India

by Trefis Team
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) seems to be doing well with its leaner and reinvented business structure, especially when it comes to expanding its networks business in the Asia-Pacific region. The telecom equipment maker won 34 important deals in India in 2014...
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